Panchlait (transl.‚ÄČFive lamps)[lower-alpha 1] is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language social comedy film based on Phanishwar Nath 'Renu''s short story 'Panchlight'.[1][2] This movie directed by Prem Prakash Modi features Amitosh Nagpal, Anuradha Mukherjee, Yashpal Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Ravi Jhankal, Brijendra Kala, Lalit Parimoo, Pranay Narayan and Anurima Ghosh in important roles.[3][4] Panchlait was released on 17 November 2017.[5][6]

Panchlait Movie Poster
Directed byPrem Prakash Modi
Produced byAnup Todi
Anil Somani
Pramod Goyal
Written byRakesh Kumar Tripathi
StarringAmitosh Nagpal
Anuradha Mukherjee
Yashpal Sharma
Rajesh Sharma
Ravi Jhankal
Music byKalyan Sen Barat
CinematographyJoy Supratim
Edited bySanjib Datta
Funtime Entertainment
Release date
  • 17 November 2017 (2017-11-17)


Set in a rural backdrop, Panchlait tells the story of a village community called Mahato that still has no electricity.[7] The storyline is hinged on multiple and layered social interactions and an ethereal romance brewing between the lead characters. The people in this small village lives in darkness, engrossed in their own little sorrows and joys. Panchlait, also known as Petromax, plays an integral part in a villagers life and possessing one is a mark of honor. After much efforts, the villagers manage to acquire the coveted Panchlait. But the villagers are so innocent and inexperienced that they do not know how to light a simple lamp. Their lack of knowledge leads to hilarious situations. The only person who knows how to light the petromax is outcast from the village named Godhan who was falsely accused and thrown out of the Village. The rest of the story focuses on how the villagers manage to lit up the village despite the shortcomings.[8][9]


The details of the cast of the film is given below.[10][11][12]

  • Amitosh Nagpal as Godhan
  • Anuradha Mukherjee as Munri
  • Yashpal Sharma as Sarpanch Naginaa Mahto
  • Punit Tiwari
  • Rajesh Sharma as Mulgain
  • Ravi Jhankal as Sardaar Jagnandan Mahto
  • Lalit Parimoo
  • Pranay Narayan as Deewan Judhisthir Mahto
  • Brijendra Kala as Chhadidaar Aganu Mahto
  • Iqbal Sultan as Collector Mahto
  • Anurima Ghosh
  • Punyadarshan Gupta
  • Arup Zaigirdar
  • Malini Sengupta as Gulri
  • Kalpana Jha
  • Nayna Bandhopadhyay as Kaneli
  • Uma Basu


The music director and lyricist of the film are Kalyan Sen Barat and Rakesh Kumar Tripathi respectively. The sound designing is handled by Anirban Sengupta. The songs are sung by Javed Ali, Rupankar, Anweshaa and Pt Sanjay Chakrabarty.[13][14]


  1. In Hindi, Panchlait is a colloquial reference to a lamp used at Panchyat offices by its office bearers, called Panch.


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